Best Happy Light/Light Therapy?

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    Nov 26, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    Hey all —

    Looking for opinions from those who have personal experience using light therapy to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter months. I've been considering adding the Verilux Happy Light to my Christmas wish list but didn't know what the best value on the market was. Quality is more important than price, but some of these get really expensive. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Nov 26, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    The ONLY thing that ever worked for my SAD was to move to South Florida.
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    Nov 26, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    I had no idea light therapy existed and usually I think all this homeopathic stuff is a big hoax but light therapy does actually make some sence and you stirred my interest as Im currently experiencing what I probably think is SAD.

    Anyway, wiki says:
    Considering three major factors - clinical efficacy, ocular and dermatologic safety, and visual comfort - CET recommends the following criteria for light box selection:

    Any light box you buy should have been tested successfully in peer-reviewed clinical trials.

    The box should provide 10,000 LUX of illumination at a comfortable sitting distance. Product specifications are often missing or unverified.

    Fluorescent lamps should have a smooth diffusing screen that filters out ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays are harmful to the eyes and skin.

    The lamps should give off white light rather than colored light. "Full spectrum" lamps and blue (or bluish) lamps provide no known therapeutic advantage.

    The light should be projected downward toward the eyes at an angle to minimize aversive visual glare.

    Smaller is not better: When using a compact light box, even small head movements will take the eyes out of the therapeutic range of the light

    See if you can apply these to whatever you decide to get, the one you mentioned fails a couple of them